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Guide to the Socialist Aldermen Papers TAM.056.007

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Collection processed by Tamiment Staff

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 30, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Amy C. Vo for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , April 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New York (N.Y.). Board of Aldermen
Title: Socialist Aldermen Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1910-1920
Dates [bulk]: 1917-1920
Abstract: From 1917 to 1920, seven prominent socialists were elected on the Socialist Party ticket to serve on the New York City Board of Aldermen. The collection contains correspondence and subject files.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet in 2 manuscript boxes.
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.056.007

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Historical Note

From 1917 to 1920, seven prominent socialists were elected to serve on the New York City Board of Aldermen. This delegation consisted of Abraham Beckerman, Alexander Braunstein, Adolph Held, Maurice S. Kalman, Algernon Lee, B. Charney Vladeck, and Barnet Wolff, with Charles Solomon serving as, executive secretary and Evans Clark serving as director. These aldermen sponsored research projects relating to various urban problems in New York City and drafted legislation concerning municipal ownership. During this period, the socialist aldermen worked diligently to implement many of the programs that had been advocated by the New York Socialist Party locals for a number of years. While most of these proposals were initially defeated, several socialist measures, including public ownership of mass transportation and administrative control over housing and the school lunch program, were finally adopted in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Scope and Contents

The Socialist Aldermen Papers, 1917-1920, consist of 19 subject files and 16 files of correspondence. The subject files are first arranged alphabetically according to the title of the file and then chronologically within each file. Each file has been assigned a microfilm frame number, with the subject files receiving numbers 1-19 and the correspondence receiving numbers 20-35. In a representative frame number (VII:2), the number 2 indicates that this is the 2nd frame, and the roman numeral VII indicates that the Socialist Alderman Papers are the 7th collection within the microfilm publication Socialist Collections in the Tamiment Library, 1872-1956.

Arrangement

Organized into three series:
I. Subject Files
II. Correspondence
III. Fragile Originals

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wolff, Barnet
  • Clark, Evans
  • Kalman, Maurice S.
  • Solomon, Charles
  • Lee, Algernon
  • Held, Adolph, 1885-1969
  • Vladeck, B. (Baruch), 1886-1938
  • Beckerman, Abraham
  • Braunstein, Alexander

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Reports.

Subject Organizations

  • Socialist Party (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Municipal corporations.
  • Socialism -- United States.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1917-1920, are expected to enter the public domain in 2041.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Socialist Aldermen Papers; TAM 056.007; box number; folder number or item identifier; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Socialist Assemblymen Papers (TAM 056.008)

Socialist Collections in the Tamiment Library, 1872-1956: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition (Sanford, N.C. : Microfilming Corp. of America, c1979), 181 p.

The Baruch Charney Vladeck Papers (Tamiment 037)

The Algernon Lee Papers (TAM 014)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to the fragile nature of the original materials, researchers must use the microfilmed version; microfilm call number is Film R-7124, Reel 11.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Rand School Archives, 1962. The accession number associated with this collection is 1962.008.

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2019 are unknown. In 2019, materials were rehoused in new acid-free folders and boxes in preparation for offsite storage.

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Container List

Series I. Subject Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Aldermanic Investigations

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:1

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Board of Education, Nurseries

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:2

May 2, 1913-May 3, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bridges

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:3

Dec 31, 1917, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 City Employees: Wages, Benefits, Working Conditions

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:4

Feb 19, 1918-May 31, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Coal Distribution

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:5

Jan 7, 1918-May 14, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Finances

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:6

Jan 4, 1917-1919, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Franchises

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:7

Nov 15, 1910-Mar 9, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Health

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:8

May 7, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Housing, Parks

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:9

Jul 3, 1917-Apr 18, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Ice Trade

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:10

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Labor League

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:11

Jan 25, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Memorandum

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:12

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Minutes of Meetings of Socialist Aldermanic Delegation

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:13

Dec 6, 1917-Jun 10, 1919
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Municipal Trading

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:14

Feb 28, 1917-Apr 9, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Roth, Louis, "Public Utilities in New York City"

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:15

1917
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Resolutions

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:16

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 School Lunches

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:17

Jan 17, 1917-May 9, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Subways and Public Ownership

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:18

Mar 19, 1913-Nov 10, 1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Miscellaneous

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:19

Feb 8, 1918-Oct 16, 1918, undated

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Series II. Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 20 A

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:20

Sep 3, 1918-Apr 21, 1919
Box: 1 Folder : 21 B

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:21

Oct 30, 1918-Feb 21, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 1 C

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:22

Oct 22, 1918-Feb 3, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 2 D

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:23

Oct 31, 1918-Jan 24, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 3 E-F

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:24

Oct 31, 1918-Jan 21, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 4 G

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:25

Oct 16, 1918-Apr 17, 1919
Box: 2 Folder : 5 H

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:26

Oct 14, 1918-Oct 16, 1919
Box: 2 Folder : 6 K-L

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:27

Oct 7, 1918-Mar 1, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 7 M

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:28

Oct 10, 1918-Feb 15, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 8 N-O

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:29

Dec 5, 1918-Jun 10, 1919
Box: 2 Folder : 9 P-Q

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:30

Dec 2, 1918-Jun 10, 1919
Box: 2 Folder : 10 R

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:31

Oct 24, 1918-Feb 28, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 11 S

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:32

Aug 13, 1918-Feb 26, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 12 T-V

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:33

Oct 25, 1918-Mar 4, 1920
Box: 2 Folder : 13 W

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:34

Sep 27, 1918-Apr 15, 1919
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Z

General note

Film R-7124, Reel 11: Frame VII:35

Nov 1, 1918-Dec 27, 1918

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Series III. Fragile Originals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Fragile Originals from Series I
Box: 2 Folder : 16-17 Fragile Originals from Series II

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